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Old 02-03-2019, 05:56 PM   #1
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Living with a BIG fiver?

I just bought a new Duramax CC 4x4 dually a few months ago and am now planning to get into a new fiver before the summer hits here in Vegas.

I live full time in my fiver and still work as a software contractor so my next job might be in Dallas, Miami, Seattle, etc. I also can sometimes work remote. I need an office space big enough for a large monitor.

My current fiver is a 2011 Jayco Eagle 30 foot single slide narrow body rear kitchen. There is not a single drawer in the bedroom, there is almost no room for hanging clothes, not enough counter space for a coffee maker, etc. I want something more residential. Iíd also like something I can easily boondock and work in.

My kids and granddaughter are in the Portland Seattle area so I travel there three to four times per year, so this isnít a ďpark modelĒ. Iím a small 59 year old woman and I travel solo... well... with a six pound chihuahua!

Iíve been looking at GD Solitude 375RES and Jayco Seismic 4212. The GD I could replace one of the two sofas with a desk. The Seismic I could use the garage and put in a desk and daybed. Iím looking at similar models too, but those are indicative. Iíve looked at things like 35 footers but would end up with no sofa or working on my dining table again Iím afraid.

With a big fiver Iíve got room for an office, generator prep, wardrobe, nice kitchen etc. but Iím looking at 41 to 45 feet! I donít ďneedĒ that much space, but I want the amenities.

Can you guys with big fivers speak to living and traveled with them?

Iím not concerned about being too big for national parks. I donít think anything Iíll get will be less than 35 feet. But I am concerned about getting around, boondocking at places like Quartzsite, etc.

Thanks!

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I full time in my thunderbolt toy hauler, by forest river. Yes youíll find a lot of little miscellaneous things wrong with it but nothing that canít be repaired cheap.
My fiver is considered or called a 415 amp. Over all length from rear bumper to the front of the nose is approximately 44í.
My rear garage is 12í w/ 1/4 bath.
Large pantry, living room, kitchen w/ island and side by side refrigerator. Master bath next to upper king size bedroom with large wardrobe closet and dresser. Cabinets and cupboards all over the place.
The loft king bed just for storage bins. (Seasonal cloths and extras) the rear garage door when open can also make a deck. I added glass French doors going out for seasonal heating and cooling. Door opening is big enough for quad, motorcycle or golf cart. This room when toys are out is my favorite tv and sitting room with bar.
Iíve never had a problem anyplace I go and Iíve never made reservations unless it for a length of time. Your Duramax wonít even know itís there. I have one also just not a dually.
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watch your storage and pin weights. ive got 45 feet of Teton. watch where you go. and as long as your not set on national parks shouldnt have a prob

on the other hand a grand design is a lite weight in my book. so your dmax should be okay. i know there will be those that say not a lite weight. but in my opinion if your pin weight is less then 5500 your a light weight. im at 6k with empty tanks.
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My wife and I full time in a 34 ft fifth wheel w/3 slides. We have talked about updating to a newer camper, but always end up wanting the same layout and features as our current camper. The 40' campers, just seem too huge.
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Take a look at DRV Fullhouse for possible floorplan that will work for an office. Triple axle, so will work on a 3500 DRW for pin weight. Lots of mods to be made if you order. They are 43+ ft tho.
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Would these two work for what you are looking for? Basically the same floorplan but just in 2 different models.

Cedar Creek Hathaway Edition 38DBRK - Cedar Creek Fifth Wheels Fifth Wheels by Forest River RV

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Those are pretty nice! I'll admit I've not even looked at Forest River due to horror stories I've heard on quality and poor customer service. But I do like those floor plans!
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You might want to check out the Vanleigh brand of 5th wheel trailers. We have a 365RL and are full time in it. Very good quality and excellent service.
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Check consignment lots and buy used. Much less expensive. We have been full timing for 10 years is a 35' HitchHiker and it is plenty big enough for us and 2 dogs.


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How about a 35' fifth wheel with 3 or 4 slides? You could even reconfigure one of the slides as an office. I hooked up my lap top to the TV and have a 42" monitor screen if needed.
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Those are pretty nice! I'll admit I've not even looked at Forest River due to horror stories I've heard on quality and poor customer service. But I do like those floor plans!
I have had excellent response from the Cedar Creek folks. My trailer is a 2016, 34RL with tan end caps. These were fading due to the sun light and Cedar Creek step up paying for them to be repainted. The paint job was done at a body shop this fall and winter as the camper is in storage. This also included new decals for the end caps. My cost was $0.00 dollars. I have had better luck with Forest River products than I ever did with any THOR products I owned.

Go on the Forest River Forum and see the response from their customers.
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